Born in Lucknow in 1958, Anita Dube completed her BA (History) from Delhi University in 1979 and her MVA (Art Criticism) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in 1982. She was the curator of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 and has shown extensively in India and all over the world. Her select solo exhibitions include ‘Yours Disparately’ (Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2014), ‘Eye, etc.’ (Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, 2013), ‘Babel’ (Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, 2011), ‘Kal’ (Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, 2010), Labyrinth ( Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, 2011), to name a few. She has been exhibited in biennales and exhibitions as the first ‘Kochi Muziris Biennale’ (India, 2012), ‘Biennale Jogja XI’ (Jogja National Museum, Indonesia, 2011), ‘Against Exclusion’ 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, Garage Center, Russia, 2009), as well as ‘Part Narratives’ (curated by Gayatri Sinha, Bikaner House, Delhi 2017), ‘Given Time: The Gift and Its Offerings’ (curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala, Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai 2016), ‘Dwelling’ (curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani & Stenruecke, Mumbai, 2016), ‘After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/ 1997’ (curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala, Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2015), ‘Difficult Loves-7 Contemporaries’ (curated by Roobina Karaode, The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, 2013), to name a few. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.
About the work
Trained as an art historian and critic, Anita Dube is keenly attuned to the power of objects to evoke memories and experiences, and historical, social, and mythological references. At once sensual and cerebral, Dube’s mixed-media sculptures and installations reflect her concern with personal and societal loss, journeys, transformation, and regeneration. Among the mixed materials with which she works—including Styrofoam, plastic, velvet, beads, and dentures—are the uncanny, industrially produced ceramic eyes commonly found on Hindu devotional statuary. She has affixed hundreds of these eyes to her body as well as to gallery walls, in patterns suggestive of rivers or the female pubis. “The eyes are like people for me and this could speak of large migrations in history,” Dube explains, referencing the flowing, mesmerizing patterns she creates.